Culture

Thirsty for a ‘Straya less obsessed with booze

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Opinion TheDRUM – By Dominic Knight I don’t want to be too critical of Warnie, because then I’d violate the Aussie code of being a good bloke. But the tendency to make everything about beer is becoming embarrassing, writes Dominic Knight. Controversy has always come to Shane Warne as effortlessly as that cheeky grin and those huge leg breaks. Last ... Read More »

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »

Just slip out the back, Jack

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We’re wired to get over romantic break ups SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS – A Saint Louis University research review article suggests people are hardwired to fall out of love and move onto new romantic relationships. “Our review of the literature suggests we have a mechanism in our brains designed by natural selection to pull us through a very tumultuous ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Identity Problem

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Pakistan’s “establishment” has chosen to focus solely on the country’s Muslim history, but that has done more harm than good in forging the nation’s identity. FP BY MADIHA AFZAL When you hear about Pakistan, what most often comes to mind? The place where schools, markets, and neighborhoods are routinely bombed? The terrorist haven where Osama bin Laden hid for almost ... Read More »

‘Behind Sweden’s tirade is a hidden Western agenda to tarnish Islam’

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Sweden and other Western countries have adopted double standards while dealing with human rights as they ignore the killing of thousands in Iraq, Syria and Palestine, and highlight the flogging of an individual in Saudi Arabia as a big issue, said Dr. Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). Arab News - JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL ... Read More »

The sexual shenanigans of Ghanaians

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How do the various combinations – ‘one man, a mistress and at least one girlfriend’; ‘one woman, a steady partner, and several transient lovers’; ‘older man, a wife and his student girlfriend’ – co-exist with Christian values in the world’s most pious country? This is Africa – By Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah Turn left out of my house and you will come ... Read More »

States Must Expand Higher-Education Opportunities for Undocumented Students

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As the national debate over the president’s plan to expand deferred action for close to 5 million people plays out in the courts, state legislators are proposing legislation regarding undocumented immigrants’ access to higher education. Center for American Progress | By Zenen Jaimes Pérez Since the beginning of the year, at least 12 states have introduced legislation on their tuition-equity policies, which ... Read More »

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

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Supporting Religious Freedom, Pluralism, and Tolerance During a Time of Turmoil Center for American Progress | By Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born and first took root. During the past decade, Christians around the Middle East have been subject to ... Read More »

Remote communities aren’t a utopian lifestyle choice but they are good for our people

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Aborigines live in outstations to give their families a better chance of survival. The Sydney Morning Herald - Joe Morrison When Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his entourage located to East Arnhem Land in September last year, he confined his program of set-piece activities to the township of Yirrkala and the community of Gunyangara. The Prime Minister was fulfilling his election promise to spend a week ... Read More »